This unit is a study of the book and message of Isaiah. It will consider various traditions of interpretation of this prophetic book, including contemporary approaches. Views on the historical and socio-cultural background to the text, as well as literary analysis of Isaiah will be examined. The exploration into the formation of the book will consider the major theories regarding location, dating and authorship. The call, role and work of the prophet Isaiah will be examined in relation to the prophetic vocation and phenomenon. Exegetical study of selected passages of Isaiah will form a key focus of the unit, including consideration of the relevance of Isaiah’s message for today.

Unit Code: BA2003S

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate competency in the use of exegetical tools for analysing selected passages from Isaiah.


Explore and apply different hermeneutical approaches to Isaiah.


Discuss various perspectives on the background to Isaiah, including its composition, authorship, literary structure and historical context.


Reflect theologically on major themes in Isaiah, including their contemporary relevance.


Effectively use and apply current research on Isaiah

Unit sequence

2nd level = BA1001S or BA1701S Introducing the Hebrew Bible


The face to face class will include lecture material, group discussion, and exegetical exercises. The online class will include audio and visual material related to each topic, interactive exercises, and individual exegetical tasks.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Book Review

Literature Review (1000 words)


Thematic Essay (1000 words)

0 3.0

Exegetical Essay (2000 words)

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 3 Aug, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-07 09:03:19 +1100